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LGBT Adoption – “The positives totally outweigh the negatives”

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Ian and Jason’s story on adopting through Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption Where it all began… “We had talked about having children before, and one day we asked each other the ‘what if’ question. We looked at our options and decided that if we were going to do this then adopting would be the best way forward. […]

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The Journey to Acceptance

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Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and Zeyd share everything: a marriage, a business, a future. Until Tom walks in to organise his boyfriend’s funeral. A snap moral decision, informed by the values of their community and their faith, has profound consequences. […]

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“Bitch, This Boy Can Sing”

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In 2015 Seann Miley Moore moved from Australia to London, in order to take part in The X Factor UK. He walked onstage for his first audition in a backwards cap, latex skirt, lippy, heels and hoop earrings before launching into a rendition of Queen’s ‘The Show Must Go On’ which brought the audience to its feet. He […]

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Policing, Safe Spaces and this Challenging World

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Dr Clifford Williams joined the “extremely homophobic” police force in 1987. He recalls his training, which saw the Sexual Offences Act regarding homosexual activity taught via the mnemonic ‘POOF’s Charter’. For such activity to be lawful it had to be in private (P), practiced by those over 21 (O), and involving only two people (O) […]

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Matt Cain: Pop, Persecution and Politics

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In a week that also saw him meet Michelle Visage after watching her as Miss Hedge in the wonderful musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the LGBT History Month patron, journalist, novelist and former editor-in-chief of Attitude takes time to chat with Sam Bennett   Firstly, very importantly, you just met Michelle Visage. [Laughs] Brilliant, I […]

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LGBT History Month

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Philip Baldwin, LGBT/HIV activist When I was sitting my GCSEs and A-levels at school, around the turn of the millennium, there was no mention of LGBT issues in the curriculum. In my history of art classes I think Michelangelo’s portrait drawings of Andrea Quaratesi and Tommaso dei Cavalieri were described as depicting a studio assistant […]

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Our Hidden Histories

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2015 marked the tenth anniversary of LGBT History Month in the UK. Playwright in residence for LGBT HM, Stephen M Hornby, explains how in the years following its 2005 introduction, the initiative “bubbled along nicely as a sort of grassroots happening.” The charity spearheading things, Schools OUT, would “set a theme, tie it in with […]

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Chaune King On…

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South American-born and London-based Chaune King once identified as a masculine female or masculine lesbian, and hit the music scene in 2002 with LGBT status-confirming lyrics. “I felt if I wasn’t going to be honest about my life,” he says, “I would be lying to my fans.” In 2008, the LGBT History Month patron recalls, […]

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Time for change: why IVF is discriminatory to same-sex couples

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Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director, CREATE Fertility Fertility treatments are costly at the best of times, and unfortunately the current NHS provisions in place for lesbian couples who are hoping to start a family are shockingly sparse. Same-sex couples will be required to undergo up to 12 cycles of self-funded artificial insemination, before they can […]

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Improving the Much-loved Marlborough

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For the past ten years, the Marlborough Pub & Theatre in Brighton has put on “work which is at the forefront of LGBTQ+ culture”, says Ema Boswood, programme coordinator. “We’re really fortunate to operate in Brighton where there’s such a vibrant queer community and so many people excited by the work we’re programming.” The sort […]

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Rocky Horror Returns to Oxford

Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics – including ‘Sweet Transvestite’, ‘Damnit Janet’, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting ‘Time […]

LGBT Adoption – “The positives totally outweigh the negatives”

Ian and Jason’s story on adopting through Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption Where it all began… “We had talked about having children […]

The Journey to Acceptance

Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and […]

Andrea Gibson: Hard Truths

The winner of the first ever Women of the World Poetry Slam talks Trump, guns and Christianity with Sam Bennett […]

“Bitch, This Boy Can Sing”

In 2015 Seann Miley Moore moved from Australia to London, in order to take part in The X Factor UK. He walked onstage […]

Policing, Safe Spaces and this Challenging World

Dr Clifford Williams joined the “extremely homophobic” police force in 1987. He recalls his training, which saw the Sexual Offences […]

A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe

Written by Dominic Montague and directed by Paula McFetridge, A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe is an exciting new […]

Matt Cain: Pop, Persecution and Politics

In a week that also saw him meet Michelle Visage after watching her as Miss Hedge in the wonderful musical […]

LGBT History Month

Philip Baldwin, LGBT/HIV activist When I was sitting my GCSEs and A-levels at school, around the turn of the millennium, […]

Our Hidden Histories

2015 marked the tenth anniversary of LGBT History Month in the UK. Playwright in residence for LGBT HM, Stephen M […]